West Virginia surgeon to speak at JMU math conference for young women

james madison university jmuDr. Theresa Rutledge is a perfect role model for young women interested in math and science. A general surgeon at Preston Memorial Hospital in Kingwood, West Virginia, Rutledge will be one of two keynote speakers Saturday, March 19 at the Expanding Your Horizons math conference for girls at James Madison University. The conference will be held from 9:20 a.m.-3:15 p.m. in Memorial Hall.

Rutledge, who received a medical degree from A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, has been in practice for 13 years.

In addition to the keynote addresses, JMU faculty from the College of Science and Mathematics, the College of Integrated Science and Engineering and the College of Health and Behavioral Studies will offer fun, hands-on workshops to encourage young women to continue their studies in math and science, provide them with female scientist role models and foster awareness of math and science-related careers.

Dr. Morgan Steffen, assistant professor of biology at JMU, will be a keynote speaker along with Rutledge. The conference also includes lunch with JMU students and a physics demonstration.

More information about the conference is available at the conference website (http://www.jmu.edu/mathstat/eyh/).

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